It Takes A Village...

There’s one required activity when anyone visits Captiva Village and that’s to meander down the heart of the island which is Andy Rosse Lane. Here you’ll find a eclectic mix of elegant homes, restaurants, unique shops and marina that ends at one of the world’s top beaches. This small lane pulls together all the fun, quirkiness and perfect vibe to chill in a palm lined tropical setting.

You can rent a kayak, a bike, parasail or join in the local Marching Mullet Band to celebrate the breathtaking sunsets. If you have the munchies, stop for an ice cream cone or down a cold beer while listening to live music somewhere on the lane.

Head down to the marina for all sorts of fun on the water in all sorts of crafts. If you need a place to stay, stop in one of the realty offices offering rentals from quaint to fancy. Now get going and have a good time in the Village! Some links to check out:


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But who exactly was Andy Rosse? Andy was born in England in 1903 and arrived in Tampa soon after. At 16, he was hired at a fishing camp near Gasparilla Island and honed his skills net fishing.

In 1924 he married his wife Dessa, moved to Captiva in 1926. In 1935 Andy worked for Tween Waters Inn as a fishing guide until he bought his own dock in 1940 for $800.

The Captiva Grocery Store was located at Andy’s Fishing Pier until Andy made arrangements with cartoonist Ding Darling to move the store to where it stands today: The Island Store on the corner of Andy Rosse Lane and Captiva Drive. Andy’s Pier is now McCarthy’s Marina. Rosse died in November of 1984


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